Find a Photographer Who is Perfect for You

I’ve been wanting to do this post for quite some time. As a photographer I read industry-related stuff like this a lot – about business, branding, style, creativity all morphed in one. But I don’t know how many outside the field actually think about this, so here are some basic tips I put together that I hope you will find helpful.

  1. ASK YOURSELF, “What do I want?” – Yes, what do you want? Photography is a personal investment which I rank as high as choosing your next vacation spot. Yeah, that might sound a bit over the top. But… it’s true. So determine your end goal. Awesome family photos? Cool senior photos? Cute baby photos, or something else?
  2. DEFINE AWESOME – “Awesome,” “cool” and “cute” and many other adjectives mean different things to different people. What one person considers “awesome” might be “OK” for someone else and vice versa. So have a mental image(s) of what you want or think you might want.
  3. DO YOUR RESEARCH. This will help you create your mental image. Once you have an idea of what you want, find a photographer who suits your style – be it candid and fun, conservative and formal, or out-of-this world, crazy and off-the-wall, or something entirely different. You can do this research in one of two ways. First, ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations. Note: While you may love your family and friends and trust their opinions, remember that the ultimate decision is up to you. In other words, DO NOT choose your photographer only because your mom/dad, wife/husband, kids or friends and co-workers told you to. Make sure their endorsement is someone you are crazy about. Second, look online: Check Web sites, blogs, and Facebook – photographers are generally pretty crazy all of these things or any combination of online presence tools, so do yourself a service and see what’s out there that makes you tick.
  4. MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER. Once you find someone whose work you’re drawn to, set up an appointment to meet them…and ask questions. How much is the session? How long is the session? What does it include/not include? What do we wear? Do you have samples of products I can see? But more importantly than determining if you like their work and pricing, make sure you have a good rapport with the photographer you’re considering – whether it’s for a 30-minute senior session or full-day wedding.
  5. MAKE A DECISION. While photography for myself and my colleagues is a business and livelihoods, we all fell in love with it because it is an art. Our tastes, interests and education help shape our individual styles and business models. Therefore, every independent photographer does things very differently from each other. For example, if you’re looking for a wedding photographer, you will find no one does exact same thing. It is a matter of finding the right photographer for you – based on what and who you like.

On that note, here’s a glimpse of the happy couple whose wedding I’m thrilled about shooting tomorrow.

More to come on this wedding next week!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Shuva 🙂

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About accentphoto
Accent Photographics specializes in on-location baby, children and family photography, and special-event photography of weddings in eastern

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